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Anderson: Fergie Is A Father To Us

Anderson, who is still struggling to nail down a player in United’s team, has sung the praises of Sir Alex Ferguson. He claims that our manager is a father figure to all the players and takes a great interest in their lives.

“He’s a father to all the players, a very respected person, and when he retires the football world will really feel his loss,” Anderson told RTP. “He always helped me, and I have a great affection for him. He lives for training and always wants to know how his players and their families are.”

Anderson spent a season and a half at Porto before joining United and played 24 games for them. He has admitted in the future he would like to return to Portugal but he wouldn’t ever play for his former club’s rivals, Benfica.

“I would like to return to Porto one day, but I would never play for Benfica,” he said. “I’m sure of that. It’s not in my plans to play for Benfica, although I respect the club.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. mybloodismetal says:

    now you be a good son and be the next best thing in midfield :)

  2. Random says:

    nail down a player?

  3. bRed says:

    Come on Fergie, give Ando a run in midfield!

  4. parryheid says:

    More than a couple of months before the window is open,if you want to be talking about Porto.

  5. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Has looked quality this season but still fighting for a first team role. Anderson offers a totally different dimension to any midfielder united currently have. Powerful and forceful, he has the ability to carry the ball and beat a man with a skill and burst of acceleration. He keeps the ball moving quickly with precise accurate passes, he’s always looking to find that crucial key pass to open up teams. A lack of professionalism and mainly injuries plus inconsistency due to a lack of regular games have been a stumbling block to his progress.

    He’s had enough time at the club, the manager still believes a quality player lies in him. What he has to do this season is to accumulate more games, he needs to play a crucial role and I hope he can because I feel we’re yet to see the complete best from him. I also think he could be decisive due to that diamond system, he’s never been a holding anchor man, hence why we may have found him a role on either side of the midfield ahead of a carrick or fletch. I hope fergie gives him more chances, he looks sharp and more hungry this season.

    On topic though, the manager has always been a good manager, it’s one of the reasons why he earns respect, because for all his obvious desire and beyond scale will to win, he never forgets that players are only human.

  6. samuel - united WE stand says:

    He’s mainly talking about a desire to go back there one day, hopefully he’d have made an impact by then parry.

  7. United Till I Die says:

    Ha, imagine this lad for Porto in the Champions League, there would be calls of “Fergie sign him up” as he slices midfield after midfield in half with his pace and strength.

    Alex is is man-managing Anderson so he’ll be fit and ready for the big games coming up in a few weeks – Braga, Chelsea, Arsenal. Thats my opinion anyway. He wouldn’t be sat on the bench if he wasn’t ready to play, that much is obvious.

    Ferguson is just rotating his squad and protecting the players that need it most. Common sense really. The bottom line is nobody can deny the lad has been class whenever he’s played this season, and he’ll get better as his season progresses. He’ll turn a corner if he can stay fit.

  8. roadkill4u says:

    Ando has always been a fave of mine much to the chagrin of my kids. He has something about him that makes me want to like him so bad but then he gets hurt or something.

    This year has been different. He is bossing around the mid when he plays and has distributed the ball very well IMO. As he stays healthy, he will either start or be on the bench and be ready for the big games when the time comes. The new formation and SAFs ever constant desire to rotate the squad will always mean that there is a place in the squad for Ando ( and everyone else for that matter) as they must always prove that they are ready, willing and able.
    United > Porto well no kidding but he has a warm spot for the place he got started like many players.

    Stay healthy Ando.

  9. The One says:

    Ando’s a great player when he’s on song; injuries have hampered him immensely and people should get off his back. I believe he’ll prove himself a great asset to us if he can stay injury-free this season. Had he and cleverly been fully fit last season, we’d have won the league, I have absolutely no doubt about that, so what a shame that we lost two very influential players like Ando and Clev for most of last season.

  10. parryheid says:

    samuel-united We stand.

    Hmm,then he will have to find something pretty quick already had too many years for my liking.

  11. Zombe Cucumber says:

    Great photo. Hope he’s listening!

  12. Adam says:

    Formation, pairing and fitness will be key to his success ….

  13. NBI Red Onion says:

    Sounds like he is not sure he will be at United much lomger…play for Porto again as opposed to finish my career at United…could happen Ando!

  14. NBI Red Onion says:

    Ando really needs good players around him who are intelligent enough to help his game and who he teams up well witj, he cannot lift or change a game on his own, without Cleverly last seen he was appalling, misplaced paces, no positioning…more than anyone he needs stable and consistent surroundings and players who are better than him to lift his game.

  15. rijah says:

    Please leave if you are not ready to play for united and if you feel your commitment level has dropped due to the lack of matches here. Wish u all the best…

  16. Phil Jones' Birdshit Streaks says:

    Think you might need to proof read your posts a little better Scott ;)


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